December 26, 2018 09:46
North Korea has sent a Christmas video message to South Korean churches, according to the Unification Ministry on Tuesday.
The North's Korean Council of Religionists sent the 98-second video to the Commission on Faith and Order of Korean Churches, a combined organization of Catholic and Protestant churches.
It was played at a Christmas concert in Seoul Anglican Cathedral last Friday.
It shows a mass at Changchung Cathedral and a worship at Bongsu Church in Pyongyang, as well as a Christmas tree. A subtitle says, "The implementation of joint North-South declarations is a common mission and responsibility of religionists in the North and the South."
Ryu Dong-ryeol of the Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy, said, "It's part of the North's propaganda activities to dilute its bad reputation as a country that persecutes religious beliefs and to coax South Korean churches into supporting the joint declaration" adopted at the inter-Korean summit in April.
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